Other (indicate in message) Submitted: October 26, 2023 | Updated: December 27, 2023

(October 2023) Request for NC Department of Health and Human Services: Emails between Disability Determination Services Human Resources Managers and Division of Disability Determination Services 10/01/2022 – 10/26/2023.

Hello again Kelly, Emily, Sara, Justin, Charles (or NC DHHS Records Officer),

Please reply promptly to the following public records request, which is being made in accordance with NC Public Records Law. https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

** I’m simply requesting an electronic copy of an electronic record, if one exists. I’m NOT asking for the opportunity to come in person to "inspect", nor to obtain a printed copy of, this electronic record. I’m requesting explicitly that any responsive info be provided to me via the electronic medium / electronic format (in which the copy of this record should already exist). I do not have any further clarifying info I wish to provide to narrow this request. If the request is unclear, or if you are unable to fulfill any or all parts of this request, please specifically cite where a reason for denial is justified under NC Public Records Law.**

This request is related to keyword-specific emails sent between the NC Disability Determination Services Human Resources Manager(s) and points of contact, and the Division of Disability Determination Services Director. I believe they are employees of the State of NC, however are federally funded through the Social Security Administration and thus have federal ssa.gov e-mail addresses.

I am NOT asking to receive confidential medical, or other personally identifying info about patients [such as name, address, case #, etc].

Please provide all emails sent between Jacqueline Russell to and from Greg Chavez and John Charchar. During the time period of 10/01/2022 through 10/26/2023 or the present day (on the date the query is performed).

The e-mail accounts are:

[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]

Specifically – I am requesting ONLY emails containing the following Keywords in their body and/or subject:

Disability Determination Services (DDS)
Employee Raises
In Range-Equity
In Range-Other Labor Market
Range Revision
Manager I
Manager II
Hearing Officers II
Disability Determination Specialist I
Disability Determination Specialist II
————————————

Please note that by submitting this request, I’m NOT agreeing to pay any potential fees or associated costs related to my request. If it isn’t possible to process the request without incurring fees, then please let me know the itemized potential cost and explanations for those charges upfront, and DO NOT proceed until I respond.

By Law I’m not required to provide a name or address to associate with a public records request, but in order to move things along I’d like to clarify that this request is being made by:

Sunshine Request
PO Box 17391
Asheville, NC 28816

The request has been sent solely from the email address [email protected] . If anyone other than that email address contacts you to pursue a similar request, it did not come from me or my Team. Please do not commingle or treat that as an alteration or cancellation of my request – I intend to continue to pursue my request.

Thank you for your assistance!

** Sunshine Request (www.sunshinerequest.com) makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

Editor’s Note: Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

Status: Completed

Activity:

  • December 27, 2023 6:39 pm

    5 months ago

    from: DHHS-News <[email protected]> via ncconnect.onmicrosoft.com
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 27, 2023, 6:39 PM
    subject: Automatic reply: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2023102601

     

    Thank you for reaching out to NCDHHS. Our response time will be delayed due to the Christmas holiday beginning Friday, December 22, through Wednesday, December 27. We will get back to you as soon as possible. 

     

    Please send us your specific questions and deadline if they were not included in your original email.

     

    Thank you and happy holidays,

    NCDHHS Communications

     

    Email correspondence to and from this address is subject to the North Carolina Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties by an authorized State official. Unauthorized disclosure of juvenile, health, legally privileged, or otherwise confidential information, including confidential information relating to an ongoing State procurement effort, is prohibited by law. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately and delete all records of this email.


     

    from: Epstein, Charles <[email protected]> via ncconnect.onmicrosoft.com
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 27, 2023, 6:39 PM
    subject: Automatic reply: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2023102601

     

    Hello — I  will be out of the office until 12/30/23.  If you are contacting me regarding a public records matter,  please email [email protected].

     

    Email correspondence to and from this address is subject to the North Carolina Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties by an authorized State official. Unauthorized disclosure of juvenile, health, legally privileged, or otherwise confidential information, including confidential information relating to an ongoing State procurement effort, is prohibited by law. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately and delete all records of this email.


     

    from: Maleski, Sara <[email protected]> via ncconnect.onmicrosoft.com
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 27, 2023, 6:39 PM
    subject: Automatic reply: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2023102601

     

    Hello,

     

    I will be out of the office until Tuesday, January 16th. Please direct all public records inquiries to [email protected]

     

    Thank you,

     

    Sara Maleski

    Legal Communications Paralegal

    Office of Communications

    NC Department of Health and Human Services

    Office: 919-527-7543

    [email protected]

    101 Blair Drive, Adams Building

    2001 Mail Service Center

    Raleigh, NC 27699-2001

     

    Email correspondence to and from this address is subject to the North Carolina Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties by an authorized State official. Unauthorized disclosure of juvenile, health, legally privileged, or otherwise confidential information, including confidential information relating to an ongoing State procurement effort, is prohibited by law. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately and delete all records of this email.


     

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Williams, Justin K” <[email protected]>, DHHS-News <[email protected]>, “Maleski, Sara” <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 27, 2023, 6:39 PM
    subject: Re: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2023102601

     

    Good evening Charles,

     

    Thank you very much for your (and Sara’s) assistance with the request.

     

    I have reviewed the file you sent on 12/20, and I will now mark this request as “Completed” on our website.

     

    Have a great New Year!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Completed
  • December 20, 2023 2:17 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Epstein, Charles <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: “Williams, Justin K” <[email protected]>, DHHS-News <[email protected]>, “Maleski, Sara” <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 20, 2023, 2:17 PM
    subject: RE: [External] Re: Public Records Request #2023102601

     

    Good afternoon,

     

    Attached please find records responsive to your request. NC DHHS now considers this request closed.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Charles Epstein

    Legal Communications Specialist

    Office of Communications

    NC Department of Health and Human Services

    Office: 919-855-4840

    [email protected]

     

    **Editor’s Note: Please see the 1 file referenced (“Responsive Records.pdf”) at top left in our Documents section.


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • December 5, 2023 7:14 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Maleski, Sara” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>, “Williams, Justin K” <[email protected]>, DHHS-News <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 5, 2023, 7:14 PM
    subject: Re: Public Records Request #2023102601

     

    Good evening Sara,

     

    I’m following up again regarding my Public Records Request #2023102601.

     

    It was submitted to your offices on October 26th:

     

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “public.records” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>, “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>, “Maleski, Sara” <[email protected]>, “Williams, Justin K” <[email protected]>, DHHS-News <[email protected]>
    date: Oct 26, 2023, 3:42 PM
    subject: Public records request. (October 2023) Request for NC Department of Health and Human Services: Emails between Disability Determination Services Human Resources Managers and Division of Disability Determination Services 10/01/2022 – 10/26/2023.

     

    I understand from your last update to me on October 26 @ 3:53pm that “… NCDHHS is committed to responding to your request as promptly as possible; however, please be advised the fulfillment of your request may be affected by the high volume of requests we are currently experiencing.”

     

    Can you please provide an anticipated date for the completion of my request? I will follow up again in 1 week, if I don’t hear anything else before then.

     

    Thank you for your help!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Follow up
  • November 28, 2023 2:06 pm

    6 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Maleski, Sara” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>, “Williams, Justin K” <[email protected]>, DHHS-News <[email protected]>
    date: Nov 28, 2023, 2:06 PM
    subject: Re: Public Records Request #2023102601

     

    Hi Sara,

     

    I hope you’re having a good month so far.

     

    I’m just following up on my Public Records Request #2023102601 .

     

    (October 2023) Request for NC Department of Health and Human Services: Emails between Disability Determination Services Human Resources Managers and Division of Disability Determination Services 10/01/2022 – 10/26/2023.

     

    Please let me know if you’re able to provide an anticipated date for completion.

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Follow up
  • October 26, 2023 3:54 pm

    7 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Maleski, Sara” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>, “Williams, Justin K” <[email protected]>, DHHS-News <[email protected]>
    date: Oct 26, 2023, 3:54 PM
    subject: Re: Public Records Request #2023102601

     

    Hi Sara,

     

    Thanks for confirming receipt of the request.

     

    I’ll follow up again in a few weeks, if I haven’t heard anything else before then.

     

    ~The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • October 26, 2023 3:53 pm

    7 months ago

    from: Maleski, Sara <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>, “Williams, Justin K” <[email protected]>, DHHS-News <[email protected]>
    date: Oct 26, 2023, 3:53 PM
    subject: Public Records Request #2023102601

     

    Good afternoon,

     

    Thank you for your public records request to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). Your request has been assigned #2023102601. NCDHHS is committed to responding to your request as promptly as possible; however, please be advised the fulfillment of your request may be affected by the high volume of requests we are currently experiencing.

     

    Best,

    Sara Maleski

    Legal Communications Paralegal

    Office of Communications

    NC Department of Health and Human Services

     

    Office: 919-855-4840

    [email protected]

     

    101 Blair Drive, Adams Building

    2001 Mail Service Center

    Raleigh, NC 27699-2001


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • October 26, 2023 3:42 pm

    7 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “public.records” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Kirby, Emily” <[email protected]>, “Epstein, Charles” <[email protected]>, “Maleski, Sara” <[email protected]>, “Williams, Justin K” <[email protected]>, DHHS-News <[email protected]>
    date: Oct 26, 2023, 3:42 PM
    subject: Public records request. (October 2023) Request for NC Department of Health and Human Services: Emails between Disability Determination Services Human Resources Managers and Division of Disability Determination Services 10/01/2022 – 10/26/2023.

     

    Hello again Kelly, Emily, Sara, Justin, Charles (or NC DHHS Records Officer),

     

    Please reply promptly to the following public records request, which is being made in accordance with NC Public Records Law. https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

     

    ** I’m simply requesting an electronic copy of an electronic record, if one exists. I’m NOT asking for the opportunity to come in person to “inspect”, nor to obtain a printed copy of, this electronic record. I’m requesting explicitly that any responsive info be provided to me via the electronic medium / electronic format (in which the copy of this record should already exist). I do not have any further clarifying info I wish to provide to narrow this request. If the request is unclear, or if you are unable to fulfill any or all parts of this request, please specifically cite where a reason for denial is justified under NC Public Records Law.**

     

    This request is related to keyword-specific emails sent between the NC Disability Determination Services Human Resources Manager(s) and points of contact, and the Division of Disability Determination Services Director. I believe they are employees of the State of NC, however are federally funded through the Social Security Administration and thus have federal ssa.gov e-mail addresses.

     

    I am NOT asking to receive confidential medical, or other personally identifying info about patients [such as name, address, case #, etc].

     

    Please provide all emails sent between Jacqueline Russell to and from Greg Chavez and John Charchar. During the time period of 10/01/2022 through 10/26/2023 or the present day (on the date the query is performed).

     

    The e-mail accounts are:

     

    [email protected]
    [email protected]
    [email protected]

     

    Specifically – I am requesting ONLY emails containing the following Keywords in their body and/or subject:

     

    Disability Determination Services (DDS)
    Employee Raises
    In Range-Equity
    In Range-Other Labor Market
    Range Revision
    Manager I
    Manager II
    Hearing Officers II
    Disability Determination Specialist I
    Disability Determination Specialist II

    ————————————

     

    Please note that by submitting this request, I’m NOT agreeing to pay any potential fees or associated costs related to my request. If it isn’t possible to process the request without incurring fees, then please let me know the itemized potential cost and explanations for those charges upfront, and DO NOT proceed until I respond.

     

    By Law I’m not required to provide a name or address to associate with a public records request, but in order to move things along I’d like to clarify that this request is being made by:

     

    Sunshine Request
    PO Box 17391
    Asheville, NC 28816

     

    The request has been sent solely from the email address [email protected] . If anyone other than that email address contacts you to pursue a similar request, it did not come from me or my Team. Please do not commingle or treat that as an alteration or cancellation of my request – I intend to continue to pursue my request.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!

     

    ** Sunshine Request (www.sunshinerequest.com) makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.


    Status: Sent to Government
  • October 26, 2023 3:37 pm

    7 months ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending